Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Tuesday said action will be taken against those unscrupulous business men, who are increasing prices of salt by manipulating the market.
“The prices of salt have been increased in some places due to the spread of rumour and misleading information. Concerned authorities have been asked to take stern action against the culprits,” he said.The minister made the warnings while talking to reporters at a press briefing in the conference room of the commerce ministry around 4:00 pm.
Commerce secretary Md Zafar Uddin and director general of the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) Bablu Kumar Saha were present during the briefing.
Tipu Munshi said, “At present, there is enough stock of salt across the country. But an unholy syndicate is trying to reap benefits by spreading rumour misleading information.”
“A vested group of business men are taking the advantage of rumour to raise the salt price. The monthly demand of edible salt is about 1 lakh metric tonnes while the salt stock in the country is currently 6.50 lakh metric tonnes. Therefore, there is no scope of salt crisis in the country and raising the prices,” he added.
The minister also blamed journalists for fabricating news on salt saying that, “They (Journalists) have also liabilities behind the sudden hike of salt price.”